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Real Wedding: Kristen and Shawn

Bride: Kristen Wilkie
Groom: Shawn Faurot
Wedding gown style: 1G079/Spring 2009/Taffeta
Boutique purchased: Vera Wang Bridal House, New York
Wedding date: July 10, 2010
Location: Sagaponack, NY
Photographer: Christian Oth

Did you have a certain style in mind when you started your search for a dress?
My sense of style has always revolved around a classic, timeless style. I wanted a dress that was simple, elegant and not overtly trendy.

What made you decide on your Vera Wang gown?
The gown I chose was one of the first I tried on with my mom. I knew from the start that the gown was perfect and it was exactly what I had envisioned wearing on my wedding day. It was understated and simple, yet the asymmetrical buttons added a modern twist. The gown was truly effortless style at its best.

Did you bring anyone along dress shopping? If so, did their opinions influence your final decision?
I brought my best friend Melissa with me who was also my Maid of Honor. She has amazing style and fashion sense and always gives me her honest opinion. As soon as Melissa saw the dress on me she agreed that it was the one!

How did you accessorize to make your wedding day outfit unique?
I kept my accessories minimal and wore classic diamond stud earrings and a diamond bracelet.

What was the inspiration or theme for your wedding?
We love an all-white colour palette so we wanted something elegant yet chic, unfussy and completely timeless. We selected Wolffer Estate because we love the Hamptons especially in the summer and were set on getting married outdoors. It’s very beautiful there with all the lush greenery and gorgeous white hydrangeas. I’m from New Orleans and Shawn is from Boulder and we thought it was a good compromise location that would embrace both of our personalities and tastes.

Did you incorporate any other Vera Wang products into your wedding?
I wore a Vera Wang veil. I liked the traditional sense of wearing a veil, but didn’t want to take any attention away from the gown, so I chose a simple, classic Vera veil.

What was your favorite part of the day?
Seeing Shawn for the first time before the wedding was definitely the highlight of my day. It was really nice to have a few minutes together alone away from the chaos and before all of the guests arrived.

What tips do you have for new brides picking out their wedding dress?
Wedding dress shopping is one of the most exciting aspects of wedding planning for a bride, so try not to stress and make sure to have fun with it. I think finding a dress that you feel comfortable, confident and beautiful in on your big day is important so I suggest trying on a variety of different styles to see what works best.

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